May 18, 2011 | | Comments 0
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No violations found in incident involving heavy equipment that injured two

OSHA found no violations in an incident at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, IL, where a 3,000 pound piece of equipment came crashing down in a maintenance corridor, injuring two workers.

Kathy Webb, an OSHA area director in Aurora, IL, told The Chicago Tribune’s TribLocal of Downers Grove that OSHA will not issue any citations because there are no standards that cover removing air conditioning and heating equipment, which happened to be what fell on top of the men.

OSHA officials looked at the guidelines, as well as accepted industry practices and standards, and could not come to an agreement on the proper way to remove equipment that large.

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Erica Jordan About the Author: Erica is an Editorial Assistant and manages Infection Control Weekly Monitor and Hospital Safety Connection. She also blogs weekly for Stressed Out Nurses and Patient Safety.

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